Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, or lifelong, condition. But a child who follows the treatment plan consistently can reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms.
The doctors at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone manage all aspects of treatment for children with IBS. This includes ongoing support and education for your family. These child and family support services and resilience programs are provided by Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care.
Our registered dietitians offer nutritional guidance and education to teach children with IBS to make the best food choices and avoid triggering symptoms, such as abdominal pain and diarrhea. Our experts can develop a customized food plan and offer suggestions about where to find the freshest, healthiest foods.
Our team of gastroenterologists can refer your child to a behavioral therapist at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. This expert may use hypnotherapy or other techniques to control your child’s level of stress, which can worsen IBS symptoms such as pain and discomfort.
Our counselors can help children with IBS to cope with the anxiety and frustration that often accompany this condition. Our counselors can also work with you to develop strategies to reduce the risk of having uncomfortable symptoms occur during school and in other public places. Our social workers can speak with your child’s teacher if his or her attendance has been adversely affected by the frequent occurrence of IBS symptoms.
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